Monday, October 3, 2011

Kalia's 7th Birthday Tea Party

I just wanted to share a few of my favorite photos from Kalia's 7th Birthday Tea Party! The placemats and "menus" were free printables I found online, and my mom made the cute toy cupcakes. I used little picture frames (from Michael's dollar bin), with a photo of Kalia and each girl for their place cards. If you're interested in other details, such as activities and favors, feel free to send an e-mail my way.

Happy Birthday, Kalia!!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

My New Addiction

Hello blogland friends! I hope you're still there. I'm afraid I haven't had a lot of time for blogging lately. Well, okay -- I haven't MADE a lot of time for blogging lately!

Anyway, Kalia's 7th Birthday party is in less than two weeks, and I have been busy "researching" for the big day. She would like to have a tea party, and I'm so excited about the food and decor, but games and activities have been a struggle. Do you have any good ideas?!

Although I don't have a lot of activity ideas, I hit the jackpot with free printables, and I wanted to share some of my favorites with you today. I am pretty much addicted to browsing the web for free printables now. I found a TON of cute ideas on the site EAT drink CHIC. I especially love the picnic invitations, popsicle memory game, and hanky love letters...but really, there wasn't anything on her site that I didn't like! I almost want to throw a picnic party, just so I have an excuse to use those cute invitations! I might print my tea party menu on the sweet hanky love letters.

When you're done at EAT drink CHIC, you should head over to The Pretty Blog for some more eye candy. I am going to use the free printable placemats at the tea party as well. Aren't they adorable?!

If you're looking for some cute, free art for your nursery or playroom, check out the printable alphabet cards over at the handmade home. AhhhMAZING! I haven't even scratched the surface of what I found over the last couple of weeks. There are some great ideas and printables for boy birthdays as well...but we'll save that for another day. Be printables are addictive! I'll be back soon.

1 EAT drink CHIC
2 The Pretty Blog
3 the handmade home

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Peekin' On Pickin' - Angela's Loft

Hi there! Soooo, this is going to be thee coolest loft you have ever seen in your entire life...I'm pretty sure. My dear, dear friend Angela purchased her antiques store several years ago, and has been working hard at transforming the upper level into her personal (and amazing) living space. You're going to love it!

So here, we have the kitchen. Don't you love the yellow?! So cheerful. Check out the long subway bench behind the dining table...and those chairs! Ooooooo.

The antique doors on the left side of the photo open to the pantry. How cool is that?!

...and here we have the living room. Angela has a knack for hanging art, don't you think?

You can't see it very well in this photo, but that stained glass mirror on the left is one of my favorite pieces.

And here we have a charming little seating area. I love all the attention to detail, from floor to ceiling. Have you noticed the cool rugs and lighting throughout?

Welcome to the office! She used an antique crib, and converted it to a little sofa covered with old feed sack pillows. Super neato.

Here's a better view of the pillows, and I'm pretty sure I recognize some design school projects hanging above the bed. Mine are in the attic somewhere - but I love the idea of displaying them for artwork. Angela often lectures me about my naked walls, so I'll have to hang my projects before her next visit!

Crates on wheels - brilliant storage solution.

I'm willing to bet that none of you have a pair of oversized spectacles hanging in your home - but you're jealous...aren't you?? I am! They came from an old optometrist's office.

Oooooooo...a gallery wall full of Huldahs! A little piece of heaven, folks.

This is where Angela gets her beauty sleep.

Okay, I'm jealous of the closet too. I suppose we could all trade our doors out for some pretty antiques! I love the bracket hooks. She sure has some nifty ideas! (I don't generally whip out the word "nifty", but sometimes it just works.)

Speaking of "nifty", check out the maps. -- SUPER nifty. Don't miss the sofa she had reupholstered!

How cool is this re-purposed shoe rack from a warehouse. It makes a great display piece for Angela's cigar box collection.

Now we get a little peek at the Master bathroom.

Angela re-purposed some old barn doors in the Guest bedroom for some privacy and separation. Sweet idea!

My favorite thing about the Guest bath would have to be the distressed piece of furniture used for the sink.

Here's a close-up. I'm drooling over this one!!

Well that, my friends, is the last room on our tour. If you need some similar eye candy, you can browse Angela's website...or better yet, visit Angelique's Antiques in Hazel, Kentucky.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

And the winner IS...

Jennai! Kalia and I put numbers in a hat, and she picked lucky #7. Congratulations Jennai! I will pass along your $50 CSN gift certificate. Forgive me for the delayed post.

So, was the weather crazy in your neck of the woods last week? Kalia has been home from school since Tuesday! I'm going a bit stir crazy. I'm SO ready for Spring, and this Birthday party I saw on Ohdeedoh is a little Spring-esque, and incredibly inspiring. I'm already thinking about Kalia's October party! Don't you love the hankie placemats?!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

$50 CSN Giveaway...

Hello friends! I realize I have been slacking in the blogging department, but I have an announcement and a giveaway for you today!!!

First, I would like to announce that we had our baby boy!!! Actually, he was born in November, and we named him Bennett, meaning "little blessed one". His middle name is Jude, in case you were curious. We are really enjoying his smiles, and he gave me my first eight-hour night of sleep on Friday. Hooray!! He is keeping me busy, but I DO have plans to pick up blogging again in the near future. In fact, my friend Angela has been busy setting up her loft apartment right above her antiques store, so hopefully I will be sharing photos with you soon. (No pressure, Angela!)

Now, for the giveaway details -- I'm sure you are familiar with CSN stores by now, and they are offering a $50 gift certificate to any of their 200+ stores. Yay!!! You should check out their furniture site, where you can find adjustable bar stools, headboards, sofas, and much more. You can shop home decor, housewares, baby and kids, and just about anything else you can imagine! To enter the giveaway, just post a comment with some form of contact information, and just for fun, tell me about the best deal/bargain you've ever found. I want to know about the item, and how much you paid for it. I love a good bargain story!

Just so you know, if you happen to win, shipping is not covered by the gift certificate. I will announce the winner on February 5, 2011 -- so just be sure to enter by midnight on the fourth. Good luck!

Image: Mary Ruffle

PS I'm SO ready for Spring and flowers, how about you?!
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